Researcher biography

Dr Jim Watson is Principal Scientist (Remote Sensing) at the New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment, and a member of the Joint Remote Sensing Research Program (

He designs and leads research projects for monitoring native vegetation, with a focus on algorithms for extracting information from satellite datasets and aerial photography.

Jim received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Queensland. He has previously worked on the statistical inference of network interactions at the School of Computing (University of Leeds, United Kingdom), crop-climate modelling at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (University of Leeds), and agricultural proximal sensing at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (University of Queensland).

He is a contributing author of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR5), has developed a number of novel feature detection algorithms, and is experienced in high performance computing.